Q. What is true beauty to you?
A. This question brought up a lot for me. When you love yourself, all of yourself, even the parts that aren’t seemingly beautiful or pleasant, your true beauty shines through in the confidence, self-love, and acceptance that you radiate to others. True beauty isn’t about being perfect or flawless; it’s about embracing our darkness and our light, knowing that without one, the other can’t shine as bright. True beauty comes in the form of unbridled, unbounded, unconditional love. The kind of love that can heal anything. The kind of love that doesn’t ask for anything in return and that can never run dry. There’s no need for greed, no need to protect it, because there’s an unlimited supply. When we live from this space of unconditional, boundless love, regardless of whether we’ll get it in return and in spite of what happened to us in the past, no matter how hard or traumatic, we are practicing our own, human superpowers. This infinite source of love exists at the core of each and every one of us, and when we tap into it, miracles happen.
Q. What does a new year represent to you?
A. A new year is a beautiful opportunity to reflect quietly on all the moments that brought us to where we are now. To look at all the pieces of our lives and observe how they have come together to create our personal story. Every story has its twists and turns, its ups and downs that give it color and make it interesting and unique. When it comes to our life’s story, the pen is always in our hands. If choices made leading up to this new year steered the story off track in any way, we can always steer it right back on. By taking the time to reflect, observe, and put the pieces together, we can make wise choices in how we decide to move forward with our story.
Angela Jean Weber is a yogi, dancer, and adventure enthusiast teaching yoga and living the beach life with her husband and son in Santa Monica, California.